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Articles from the February 22, 2024 edition

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  • Kimball's New Hospital Opens

    Jim Orr, The Observer|Feb 22, 2024

    Next up for the new – and now open – Kimball Health Services hospital is next week's ribbon cutting celebration with Gov. Jim Pillen in attendance. Patient services shifted to the facility from the old hospital at 7 a.m. Monday. The 505 S. Burg St. location, home to the hospital since 1950, is out. The new address, 255 W. 4th St., is in. "We're very pleased with how the move has gone so far, with only a few small items to be moved yet between buildings," Kerry Ferguson, KHS community rel...

  • Pillen, NDOT Boss To Visit KCTS

    Daria Anderson-Faden, The Observer|Feb 22, 2024

    Kimball County Transit Service Administrator Christy Warner informed the Kimball County Commissioners at their Tuesday meeting that Gov. Jim Pillen and the Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Vicki Kramer will visit the transit service Feb. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Statistics for KCTS also were presented by Warner. Of 33,943 rides for the calendar year 2023, 61% were from Kimball County. Other numbers showed that 8,843 rides were educational and preschool, school or college; 3,690 rides were for employment; 2,086 were deliveries f...

  • Kimball's Unsolved Mystery

    Daria Anderson-Faden|Feb 22, 2024

    Bobby "Shorty" Wilson disappeared without a trace from the streets of Kimball on October 30, 1956, and the family struggled with his disappearance and searched for years for clues or his remains. In 1958, the family had a marker erected in the Kimball Cemetery that read: Robert G. "Shorty" Wilson. His birth date was May 28, 1925, and he was born in Kimball, Nebraska. The simple headstone says, "Disappeared on October 30, 1956." A description of Shorty Wilson was provided in a reward posted in...

  • Wildcat Wyatt Reichenberg Wins Three Matches, Places Second At State

    Barb Cross, The Observer|Feb 22, 2024

    Good morning and welcome to the last day of February, seems impossible! We do have one extra day this year, so there is that. Congratulations to Banner County wrestler Wyatt Reichenberg for his 2nd place win at state! Does not appear to be much going on at the schoolhouse this week. However, tomorrow, February 23rd, will be a regular day of school with no sports, just to give everyone a breather. The Gering Library will host Board Game Night that evening at 6 p.m., and the Midwest Theater will...


    Jim Orr, The Observer|Feb 22, 2024

    Among the special touches at the new Kimball Health Services hospital are plaques next to rooms that recognize donors for helping make possible healthcare services in those rooms. In this case, Ryan and Stephanie McElroy of Kimball are recognized for their contributions to mammography services. They posed for this image during a tour of the new facility...

  • Death Notice

    Feb 22, 2024

    Lawrence M Schadegg, 65, of Sidney died on February 19, 2024 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Funeral Service date and time are pending.... Full story

  • Horns End Undefeated WTC Regular Season

    Chad Miller KHS Basketball Coach|Feb 22, 2024

    The postseason is here. The Kimball boys basketball team – 14-7 with a .667 winning percentage on the season after a sweet win over Mitchell – opened subdisrict play Tuesday evening against a 14-10 Morrill squad at Bridgeport. Kimball was the No. 2 seed and Morrill No. 3. On Thursday, the winner faces the winnter of No. 1 seed Bridgeport and No. 4 Gordon Rushville game. Friday's rematch with Mitchell was a great game that saw our players execute and have their 3rd most efficient game of the sea...


    Feb 22, 2024

    Kimball Longhorns freshman wrestler Cameron McGinnis made it to last week's NSAA State Wrestling Tournment despite battling injury. Hopes are promising for his future. At State, he lost by fall in his two matches....


    Feb 22, 2024

    The Kimball cheer team earned third place in the Game Day category during last week's state competition at Heartland Event Center in Grand Island. Coach Carrie Tabor said the team's "dedication, talent and unwavering Longhorn spirit shone brightly on the competition mat. After pushing through injury and a tough field, this team put their very best out on the floor and showed the rest of the state what Kimball's all about." Tabor commended the cheerleaders: "You've made us proud to be part of...